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David Van Zandt, Violin Maker

David T. Van Zandt, Violin Maker in Seattle

I’m a classically trained professional violin maker working in Seattle, Washington. I have over 37 years of experience making fine violins and violas for musicians seeking professional level tools for contemporary and historical performance.

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Please telephone or use the Contact section of this site for questions about my work.
I welcome your interest.

David Van Zandt — (206) 478-9603

My Van Zandt violin has become such an integral part of my performing life. I fell in love with it immediately because it has the ability to sing like a classical violin and also dance like fiddle. It's sound it so versatile, and full of depth, and has received compliments the world over ...

Kiana June Weber - recording artist, touring performer, world class fiddler, enthusiastic educator

Watch the construction of my 128th instrument,
a violin now owned by Tari Nelson-Zagar

Created by
Ed Sozinho and Tegra Stone Nuess
Produced by Sozinho Imagery
Violin Performance by Stephen Creswell

David’s craftsmanship, artistry, and dedication are second to none. He is an attentive and terrific listener, both for the instruments themselves as well as for the people for whom they’re intended. Throughout the commissioning process, David was a pleasure to work with; he worked carefully with me in the initial stages to determine exactly what I was looking for in an instrument; he sent me frequent updates as the building commenced; and in timely fashion he delivered a gorgeous instrument which has continued to blossom in the years as I’ve played it. ...

Vijay Chalasani - Performer, Scholar, and Teaching-Artist

Violin by David Van Zandt inspired by a ca. 1742 violin of Joseph Guarneri, del Gesu.
This is the most successful violin model I make.

More images of instruments can be viewed on my Gallery Page

I am absolutely in love with my Van Zandt violin. I have been playing it since 2005, and since then, I have evolved as a musician, and my instrument has evolved right along with me. … The versatility that my Van Zandt violin provides is necessary for the wide range of musical genres that I find myself playing, and it always delivers beautifully, no matter what the situation might be.

You can tell when people care — you just can. David is a sweetheart of a human being, and that shows in his work. It is clear to me that a whole lot of heart went into building this instrument, and I feel it every time I pick it up. I am so grateful to have found my way to David's craftsmanship and artistry.

Brad Phillips ~ Recording Artist, Producer, Composer, Arranger, Teacher

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How can I help you?

Use the form below to ask a question, make an appointment to visit the Workshop, or to set up an On-Line Video Session to discuss your requirements.

I would enjoy visiting with you in my workshop, over the telephone, or via Skype or FaceTime where I will personally address your questions in detail.


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Seattle, Washington
Hours By Appointment Only

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